Solar Radiation Measurements with Heat Flux Sensing Technology
This short review describes how heat flux sensing technologies can be employed to perform solar radiation measurements for a broad range of research and industrial applications.
About the importance of solar radiation measurements
greenTEG’s gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor enables fast and highly precise solar radiation measurements (i.e. ultraviolet and visible radiation). Accurate solar radiation data is important for many applications including:
- Optimization of photovoltaic installations
- meteorological research
- Building automation systems
- … and many more!
Why choosing to perform solar radiation measurements with gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor?
The following features make the gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor the ideal tool for solar radiation measurements:
Optimization of photovoltaic installations
The power output of a photovoltaic system depends on its alignment towards the sun at any given time. The ability to gather precise data quickly is therefore crucial to optimize the efficiency of photovoltaic installations. The gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor enables you to collect data on solar radiation, which in turn serves as an important reference for predictions on the power output of PV systems, the monitoring of their efficiency, decisions on maintenance (cleaning) and many more.
Precise data in meteorological research
The sun has a profound influence on all meteorological processes. Therefore, precise data on global solar radiation (direct and scattered solar radiation) is the basis for research and predictions in meteorology.
Smart building automation systems
To increase the energy efficiency of buildings, smart automation systems gain increasing importance. These systems regulate processes according to many environmental parameters, the most important of which, is solar irradiation.
The gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor can, for example, be used to regulate sun blinds and heating automation in buildings to reduce its overall energy consumption.
Advantages of using gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor
gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor is suited to evaluate thermal fluctuations in your system:
- Miniature & compact heat flux sensor
- Highly sensitive sensor
- Facilitated integration into the application setups
- Non-invasive measurement technique for determining fouling
- Flexible, easy to mount on pipes and boilers
More R&D Uses Cases where the gSKIN® Heat Flux Sensor is employed are available here.